Match Preview – Walsall Wood (H)

AFC Wulfrunians vs Walsall Wood

17th August 2021

Midland League Premier Division

Castlecroft Stadium 


League football returns to the Castlecroft Stadium on Tuesday night as the Wulfs host Walsall Wood, with both teams looking for a win after drawing in their first game on Saturday.


The Visitors

The Wood haven’t had the greatest start to the season in either league or cup. Their opening game was a home tie against Leicester Road FC, and it was the visitors who made it through to the next round fairly comfortably with a 2-0 success. Their League campaign did get off to a better start however, as they gained a point on the opening day after an entertaining 2-2 draw at home to Stourport Swifts.

A standout signing this summer for the Wood was the return of Kev Monteiro. Monteiro was re-signed from Alvechurch, a side playing two levels higher, so it was a real statement of the club’s intent. Another impressive acquisition was Shawn Boothe, who returns after previously making 147 appearances in prevous stints for the club


The Wulfs

We have made a strong start to season, progressing in the cup and picking up a good point on the weekend. The cup success came at home to Heanor Town who were comfortably beaten before we took on title favourites Worcester City on Saturday. It was a thrilling encounter at Claines Lane, with the Wulfs having to come back from two goal deficits on two different occasions to leave with a point after a 3-3 draw.

Our squad has largely remained the same over the long summer break, with many impressing during the curtailed 20/21 campaign where we made a strong start. Aaron Bishop has impressed in the two games so far, finding the net in both including the crucial first goal that set up the fightback on Saturday.


Head to Head

The two teams have faced off during every season since 2015, however there has been a definitive shift in the results since the start of the 16/17 season. Before this, Wood were unbeaten in four contests, winning three of them in a row. However, since then Wulfrunians have five wins and just one draw, form which bodes well for the hosts for the fixture on Tuesday.

This should be a highly competitive fixture, with both looking to find their first league win. Admission is just £6 and support is greatly appreciated, so if you can get down and support the Wulfs in their first home league fixture since last October.


Words – Tom Bird